View of the New River from Hawks Nest State Park.
According to Charles S. Pierce (“Logic of Events” –1898) nothing is “….pure zero. But this is not the nothing of negation. For not means other than, and other is merely a synonym of the ordinal number second. As such, it implies a first; while the present pure zero is prior to every first. The nothing of negation is the nothing of death, which comes second to, or after, everything. But this pure zero is the nothing of not having been born. There is no individual thing, no compulsion, outward or inward, no law. It is the germinal nothing, in which the whole universe is involved or foreshadowed. As such, it is absolutely undefined and unlimited possibility–boundless possibility………boundless freedom.”
Nothing sounds pretty good when it’s put that way, doesn’t it?
If you aren’t confused enough by now, I ask you–if anything is better than nothing, and if nothing is better than chocolate, isn’t anything better than chocolate?
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